10 Key Competencies Interviewers Often Focus On

These are 10 of the key competencies which interviewers often focus on:

  1. Communication
    Regardless of the position or industry, the way we interact with others is crucial and you need to be able to build and maintain excellent relationships with clients and colleagues.
    Example question: “Tell us about a time you had to adjust your communication approach to suit a particular audience.”
  2. Decision Making
    Good decision making will help you

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10 Questions

Colleen Aylward, Web recruiter extraordinaire, has created all kinds of tactics to attract and to evaluate talent. And she’s heard just about every interview question ever asked. Here are 10 questions that she believes will always get you the information that you need.

  1. Take me through a time when you took a product or a project from start to launch.
  2. Describe the way that you work

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50 (Almost) Questions Recruiters Ask

  1. What are your long range and short range goals and objectives, when and why did you establish these goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  2. What specific goals, other than those related to your occupation, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
  3. What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  4. What do you really want to do in life?
  5. What are

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Frequently Asked Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral interviewing is still the most popular approach to assessing a candidate’s worth. Essentially, the premise is that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. In my work as head of recruiting for a bank, consumer products company, and retail company, and in advising many recruiters while at Stanford, I have found these to be my favorite frequently asked questions across industries:
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Probing Questions

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • When I call your references, what will they say?
  • What accomplishments are you particularly proud of?
  • What motivates you? How do you motivate people?
  • Why are you in the job market?
  • What are the best, and worst, aspects of your current position?
  • Describe your management style.
  • How do you resolve disputes?
  • Have you ever gone out on a limb on a job? Tell me

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Salesperson Interview Questions

  • What do you expect a typical day on this job to be like?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your “printing product knowledge?”
  • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your knowledge of selling strategy and technique?
  • How much money will you need to make from Day 1 on this job?
  • How much money do you want to make in your first full

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